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this morning. so glad all of you are joining us, for a little bit of your christmas holiday. robin, of course, at home recovering. saying hello to you, between the toes. george also at home with his family. great to be joined by my compatriots, lara and sam on this christmas holiday. >> great to have you both in my life. and wishing you a really wonderful morning. today on the show, we have a christmas morning roundtable, with spiritual leaders, discussing faith in our lives right now. it's an important discussion to have right now. we look forward to that. >>> also ahead this morning, you know her from "dancing with the stars." katherine jenkins is here with a sa song that is absolutely perfect for this morning, christmas morning. i can't even bring myself to say shh because her voice is so incredible. >> it stops you in your tracks. >> i know. i could listen to it all morning. >>> something we want to show you. these kids, there's a surprise on the way. they don't know it, but santa is going to visit. >> making his way down the chimney, i believe, as we speak. we are pretaping the show, so
and a cacophony of criticism. in a letter to the president today, u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice wrote, "the position of secretary of state should never be politicized. i am saddened that we have reached this point even before you have decided whom to nominate." and she shared the news on nbc. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive, because there are so many things we need to get done as a country. >> reporter: just weeks ago, rice, a tough and smart rising star in the obama administration, was the president's top choice to serve as the next secretary of state. but she drew a lightning storm of republican criticism for repeating talking points from the intelligence community that seemed to critics to downplay the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. >> what this began as was a spontaneous -- >> the concerns i have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting basic answers. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american p
.c. to boston today. and plenty of snow in the back end behind it. we use this model to show us where the worst winds will be. what you need to look at is the red arrows. and those red arrows go from the boston area, north into maine, all the way to atlanta. this storm has big snowfall totals, big-time. 20 inches of snow coming down in some locations. and one of those places, williamsburg, iowa, picked up a good, heavy snowstorm and a blizzard. our ginger zee is right there. good morning, ginger. >> sam, we're tried desperately to get to chicago, just couldn't do it. i-80 kept shutting down. you can see why. this is what litters the side of the highway everywhere. trucks, semi-trucks. it was such a rough night and really, this storm isn't quite done with us yet. overnight, the lashing winds and blowing snow stretched from nebraska to michigan. major highways across the midwest, shut down. as drivers struggled to stay on them. believe it or not, this is i-80. look at the long line of cars. just a complete parking lot. we've been here for at least 30 minutes. and we don't know how long we're goin
, house democrat leader nancy pelosi told us she's at least a little encouraged. >> it was constructive. as i say, candor is constructive, and i think it moved us forward, but we'll see. >> reporter: it was the first meeting with the president and all the congressional leaders in six weeks. it follows an impasse that has shaken wall street, the dow down more than 400 points since talks stalled last week. and on main street, business owners like drew greenblatt, who owns a wire basket manufacturing company in baltimore, say the coming fiscal cliff is already causing pain because they just don't know what will happen to their taxes. >> right now we're doing our budget. we're deciding how many people we're hiring next year. we're figuring out how many robots and machines we'll invest in our factories. >> reporter: and across the country all the political bickering had people outraged with washington. >> i can't believe we've gotten this close. >> time for them to turn in their term paper. >> this is america. they should be working for the american people. >> the parties are trying to outdo
are using hiv to help fight cancer. it's coming up on "world news now." >>> "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellula cellular. >>> a dramatic new direction in fighting cancer is now raising hopes of finding a way to eliminate the disease all together. >> this is just unbelievable. doctors are using the virus that causes aids to reprogram patient's immune systems. chief medical editor dr. richard besser explains. >> reporter: emma's leukemia seemed undefeatable, no treatments left, and she was only 6. then in april, a last gamble using hiv to cure, not kill. doctors took out millions of emma's disease fighting white blood cells and used a genetically altered hiv virus to get into human immune systems to change those cells to target cancer fighters. they went back in and destroyed the cancer. dr. steven gruff is a pioneer. using hiv to infiltrate the hiv system. >> all of the things that make the hiv virus to cause disease have been removed from this particular virus, so its only purpose is to put a gene into a cell. for me, it's incredibly exciting. >> reporter: here's emma
in snow. she shows us the tricks she used to survive and how she managed to escape. >>> and we asked, is it real or is it fake? that video of an eagle snatching up a baby, blowing up so fast. grabbing more than 16 million views in two days. it worked. but, yes, it's a hoax. this morning, we go straight to the source to learn the secrets of how they did it. >>> good morning, america. hi to robin at home. great to have elizabeth vargas back. paula faris in today. i'm surrounded. this is great. >> george's angels. >> that's right. >> and by the way, i knew it was a hoax. i knew that eagle wasn't grabbing that baby. >>> we have a lot to get to today. including the fiscal cliff showdown. talks have broken down. house republicans are going to push a fallback plan today. they're trying to make sure that taxes don't go up for anyone making under $1 million. will it help or hurt the negotiations? >>> and president obama front and center on the gun control debate, promising yesterday quick action. we'll show you how some cities are arming teachers. while many parents are taking safety in
for a picture around robin's christmas tree. a day i know none of us will ever forget. robin, we miss you and we love you. >> it was a special morning. cannot wait to share it with you. >>> we have a lot of news, as well. there's the chemical weapons threat in syria. and the fiscal cliff countdown. 25 days now. >> absolutely. >>> let's get right to the breaking news out of japan overnight. the powerful earthquake, shaking up the country. sam has been tracking it all. and joins us now with the very latest. sam? >> just imagine how frightening that night and morning was. we're talking about friday by the time we get to japan. a 7.3 earthquake kicks off the northern east coast of japan. if this coastline looks very familiar to you, it's because just last year there was a 9.0 quake there. that's the one that triggered not only the earthquake -- but the tsunami and then the nuclear disaster in fukushima. to compare the two, this one is much, much weaker. this sent a wall of water towards the coastline. but this one did trigger a tsunami warning. at points, there was a six-foot tsunami expected. actua
to use social media to get people to sign a petition calling for a bipartisan solution to the nation's $16 trillion debt. i will give $100 if he just stops. stops. >> keep going. he dances better than me, doesn't he? >> that's impressive, man. >> it is. >> how serious he is about the debt. get up and do gangnam style. >> serious point you have to inform yourself on what is going on. please do. >> no matter what, be in the know. not that we could top that. >>> coming up next, the prank that served as a wakeup call to the hospital and the royal family. >>> and the first lady of country music is showing everyone -- terrible accent, right? showing everyone you are never too old to try something new. you are watching "world news now." >> "world news now." >> "world news now." ♪ ♪ no time that ain't all on my mind ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. ♪ >>> well, you have seen the commercials on tv, the ads that promise reverse mortgages
-old babies in the pool who amazed all of us. well, tonight, we learn something even more astounding. what some 4-week-old babies can do. >>> good evening. and we begin with with the breaking news of another safe haven for american families shattered by gun fire. the shooting at the mall outside portland, oregon. those eyewitnesses describing a man with a white mask, body armor, semiautomatic rifle. the gunshots ringing out, one after the other as families were trapped near familiar places. names like macy's and olive garden. it is still a developing story. the news is still coming in. and for the latest on who was shooting and how many were killed, abc's david wright has these breaking details right now. david? >> reporter: good evening, diane. this is, as you say, a developing story, but here's what we know so far. at least one person killed, possibly more. others injured, in a mall shooting, a shooting that apparently broke out near the food court of the clackamas town center. police say the gunman has been neutralized. unclear if that means he's in custody or dead. just before 3:30 thi
a right to get married under the u.s. constitution? it will be a history-making decision, and surprisingly, it's an 83-year-old woman at the center of this case. and abc's expert on the supreme court, terry moran, is here right now. terry? >> reporter: well, diane, constitutionally, it doesn't get any bigger than this. the country's changed so much on this issue. the real question is, how much? and, like so many landmark cases, as you point out, this one begins with the story of one american. this case is going to go down in history as edie windsor versus the united states. edie windsor, 83 years old, is a widow now. but she had 42 happy years with the love of her life -- thea spyer. >> she was beautiful. she was smart as hell. and she was wonderful altogether. >> reporter: edie and thea were married but when thea died in 2009, edie got socked by the irs with $363,000 in estate taxes, which no widow in a straight marriage would have to pay. today, the supreme court decided to hear edie's case challenging the law she says discriminates against couples like her and thea. the defense of marri
the battle against cancer cells. using hiv to do it. >>> and it's good to be beyonce. as the diva signs a monster $50 million deal. >>> good morning, everyone. we begin with the extreme storms raking over a big section of the country, from the dakotas to the southeast. >> as many as 13 twisters touched down yesterday, like this one in florida. and it came on the heels of the record snowstorm that created a slick mess across the upper midwest. here's tahman bradley. >> reporter: monster storms wreaked havoc in the upper midwest and parts of the south. in the northern plains, residents are digging out after a record snowstorm. >> we just moved to the area a few months ago from southern california. so, it's a bit of a shock. >> reporter: this morning, most of minnesota is buried in white, after the state got its monthly snowfall total in one day. in minneapolis/st. paul cars were a heavy casualty. some were buried. others like these found along emergency routes were towed. >> we were going to move our car in the morning. and it was gone. >> reporter: the snow made driving conditions
is here to start us off on this. chris? >> diane, people are moved. we all want to make sure it never happens again. the question, which actions will follow? and the answers are starting to take shape. with each body buried, calls for change. just today, the white house voicesing support for new gun laws and an assault weapon ban, weapons that fire a success of bullets with each pull of the trigger. cerberus announcing the sale of a stake in the biggest maker of assault rifles. the union representing california teachers is releasing because of the its connection with bushmaster. >> people were passionate about the issue. >> reporter: the strive for culture change. making assault rifles taboo. >> a lot of people are getting behind and understanding that at the end of the day, it's not the dollar that counts. but the sense. the sense of what they are going with their money. the sense of the weapons we are selling to the general public. >> reporter: but in the wake of the shooting, sales of assault rifles have jumped. how deep will they jump? for answers, we go to those at the direct cen
christmas. the amazing things you've told us you're doing, and buying, to help create american jobs. >> made in america! >>> good evening. we begin tonight with another shooting, another safe part of american life shattered by violence. a photograph was released today of 22-year-old jake roberts. he worked at a deli outside portland, oregon. police say this is the person who opened fire on holiday shoppers at a mall, firing at families in the food court. he killed two people and then himself. tonight, the shooter's family and his girlfriend are speaking out to abc news, and here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: chaos amidst the christmas shopping rush. lines of shoppers, even children, could be seen streaming out with their hands up while a shooter was still inside. a day later, police now say the gunman was 22-year-old jacob tyler roberts, a young man with no history of serious trouble, who they say stole an assault rifle from an acquaintance and set off, alone, on a deadly rampage. >> we do not understand the motive of this attack except to say that there's no apparent relationship bet
, and my only american cousin dolores, who is visiting with us from florida. good to have all three of them here today. boomie is our champion. he has had two runaway games in a row. can he make it three against silas and beth? let's start finding out. good luck, players. here we go-- the jeopardy! round, and these are going to be your categories... each correct response beginning with that letter, of course. boomie, start us. dialects for $200, please. what is japanese? uh, dialects for $400. what is arabic? dialects, $600. what is german? uh, dialects for $800. what is spanish? dialects, $1,000. what is the philippines? "s" as in simile for $200. what is snug? simile for $400. what is slippery? simile--"s" as in simile for $600. what is sharp? simile, $800. what is stubborn? "s" as in simile for $1,000. what is still? you double your score to $2,000. uh, burns, baby, burns, for $200. what is sc? uh, burns for $400. whotland"auld lang syne"? uh, burns for $600. what is require? no. boomie. what is "desire"? burns for $1,000. and you're in the lead. i'd like to wager $1,200. all righty, her
does your hand feel? heavier today in. >> it feels odd. you have to get used to it, right? it takes how long? >> 15 years. give or take a few. >> seriously, congratulations. >> congratulations, we love you, and we love rubem. >> it was a wonderful night. a wonderful night. thank you for having us. >>> we're going to start this morning talking about rough holiday travel. can we go ahead and get into it? >> i think so. >> this delivers snow. show you how it started. the pictures out of the california sierras. almost six feet of snow since fri friday. the flooding pictures as well. sonoma county. san francisco, five inches of rain in the month of december. more than twice they would normally see. this is a wet and rainy time of the year often. but this is a little bit unusual. here's where the system drags in the tough severe weather over the next couple of days. from houston to dallas. know that tomorrow, this spreads in. we're a little concerned there might be a tornado outbreak in the heavy red shaded area. 30 tornadoes since we have been keeping records in the 1950s have broken out in
president of south africa is in the hospital. bazi kanani joins us from pretoria, south africa. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, josh. nelson mandela is being treated for a lung infection here in the capital city of pretoria. that's a serious condition for a man of his age. even though his health has been declining recent years, he was well enough this summer to receive visitors at his home, including the clinton family. mandela has been treated for a lung infection before. this is his fourth day in the hospital. his longest hospitalization in the past several years. doctors say he is responding to treatment. there's no reason to panic. they're also asking south africans to keep their revered leader in their prayers. josh? >> bazi kanani in south africa. >>> here at home, a medical helicopter has crashed west of chicago, killing two nurses and a pilot flying to a nearby hospital. the chopper crashed in a field near rochelle. no word why it crashed. >>> major, new concerns about the war in afghanistan this morning. u.s. troops are set to withdraw in a matter of months. but a ne
thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. we have team coverage this morning. abc7 news reporter kera clapper is live in napa where a flood warning is in effect. nick smith is live at the pier in pacifica. we will begin with our meteorologist lisa argen. >> hi, everyone. the rain is in the north bay. it has been gusting and wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour at the airport. as we look at live doppler 7hd right now we see the heavy returns up through highway 101, cloverdale and ross. all this will continue to sink southward. here we are in the southern marin county, richmond, lighter rain to the east and berkeley. not quite reaching the east bay in concord. taking you into alamo. also lafayette and light shower activity. if you are not feeling the rain, you are feeling the wind. a little bit better returns here up from south san francisco, daly city, san bruno. pretty quiet in the south bay except for morgan hill and gilroy some shower activity. winds gusting to 49 miles an hour at sfo. a wind warning in effect. and oakland, 36 miles an hour. you can see all across the bay area, sa
iran said its elite republican guard has captured a u.s. spy drone over its airspace, showing it off on television. the u.s. navy denies it. martha raddatz has the latest on the tit for tat. >>> december heat wave. record-breaking temperatures, now sending the eastern half of the country back to the beach, as a brand-new storm is on track to wallop the west with heavy rain. areas already flooded this week, right in its path. >>> and caught on tape. the astonishing video from a routine traffic stop. watch this shocking surprise for police, as they surround a suspicious vehicle, revealing a young kidnap victim taken from his job. how did police find him just in the nick of time? >>> and little rain out in times square. good morning, everyone. hi to robin at home. great to have elizabeth vargas right here. and there is lara, standing by in london with all the latest on the big baby news. we have a lot to go to on that. >>> also at home, new developments in the tax showdown in washington. a deal has to get done by january 1st or everyone's taxes will go up. we'll talk about what i
tomorrow. charlie is accused of attacking and injuring a u.s. park police officer and horse august 6th. animal care and control seized the case nine and deemed him too vicious to stay alive. more than 90,000 sign add online petition to save him. >>> police in half moon bay looking for thief or thiefs who broke into a church and made off with more than $10,000 worth of video equipment. theft happened between wednesday night and sunday afternoon. video camera, two mixers and laptop were taken. police say whoever did it, tried to steal the van. >>> spending scandal involving a strip club has caused director of the port of oakland his job. james kwan has agreed to retire this month. he's accused of running up a $4500 dinner tab at a texas strip club setting off an investigation. the port has received repayment of public funds spent on two improper period s. officials now have a new -- new set of rules, including new spending guidelines. >>> san francisco board considering legislation to expand no smoking policies in the city. land reports may be forces to tell renters if their new neighbor
. senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, join us with the details. >> reporter: good morning. the two ft. lauderdale men are accused of threatening to blow up a bomb in the u.s. sources tell abc news, this was not a sting. and that the younger brother had been in contact with overseas radicals, possibly connected to al qaeda. the indictment accused the men of attempting to provide money, lodging and transportation, and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. and sources say, the fbi found evidence that the younger brother, had been monitoring recent fbi sting cases. so, authorities say infiltrating the alleged conspiracy was a non-starter. one law enforcement source described the young man's intent as serious. but the source said, the attack was not imminent. >> okay. pierre thomas, thanks for that report. >>> we have breaking news overnight from overseas. a new provocation from north korea. the secretive nuclear nation says it will launch a long-range rocket later this month, some time between the 10th and the 22nd of december. the launch of a rocket broke apart shortly after
of breaking news overnight. including, you know, as the crisis in syria escalates, the u.s. is spending patriot missiles and troops to the syrian border with turkey. right now, martha raddatz will be here with more on that. >>> and barbara walters, bringing us her exclusive with the president and first lady. they rarely appear together for an interview. but they did for barbara. we'll hear their message, special message for robin. >>> let's get right to josh elliott for the pair of powerful earthquakes off the coast of california. >>> a powerful earthquaking rattling buildings and nerves in southern california. 6.3 magnitude off the coast. >> we're here in pasadena where they're watching this activity very closely. this was a pretty big shaker. 6.3 in magnitude. it occurred in the pacific ocean. lot of folks here in southern california felt it, though, it was a pretty good jolt. fortunately no reports of damage or injuries so far. back to you, josh. >> john, thank you. >>> people shaken by the quake twe tweeted it on twitter. >>> also this morning, new pressure on congress to approve a
. a magic proposal that's gone viral. and the happy couple will join us live. >>> every time we do one of these stories about these proposals, it makes me feel completely inedadequate about m proposal to my wife. >> that's a sweet story. we're going to talk to them later in the show. >>> we have a busy morning. it's one week after the newtown shooting tragedy. we finally heard from the national rifle association. the nra chief, making his case for armed guards at schools. this is more than four dozen stars lend their voices to a new video to end gun violence. we'll tell you about their message coming up. and mayor michael bloomberg spoke out about this. >>> also coming up this morning, on a lighter note, the extraordinary new bionic body suit technology, making miracles for people who never thought they would walk again. we're going to hear from these people. their stories are extraordinary. >>> and we congratulate our good friend, sam champion, who got married yesterday to rubem. a small ceremony in sam's manhattan apartment. all of his "gma" pals were there. robin, still recovering f
. they'll be serenading us with sounds all morning. good morning, america. two days until christmas, "gma" never sounded so good. >> those guys are great. you can see ron tapping. they do a mean "feliz navidad." great to have them with us this morning. >>> also this morning, we are going to take a look at some fancy high, high-end christmas gifts affordable only for people who may have recently won the lottery. for example this thing. a jet pack, $100,000. this guy drives it well. i got a chance to test drive it, and that's what happened. yeah, yeah. it didn't go so well. >> it looks like fun when he was. with you, dan -- >> as it turns out it's tricky to use. >> yeah. >> the gift that keeps on giving. >> perhaps we shouldn't be running that story. >>> also this morning, keep a close eye on those gifts you do buy. unfortunately, 'tis the season for christmas crimes, as well. and we'll show you some bad guys caught on tape red handed stealing people's presents. that's coming up next. >>> but we're going to start here this half hour with what is shaping up to be the big story on christmas a
on full display for all of us to see over the weekend. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: fiscal cliff talks have hit a stalemate. with only 29 days to go, republicans and democrats remain far apart. and over the weekend, there was worry negotiations may actually fail. >> i think we're going over the cliff. it's clear to me they made a political calculation. before president obama and his team are demanding that they allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans expire. >> there's no way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates have to go up. >> reporter: but republicans have drawn a line in the sand in raising tax rates. instead, signaling they're open to raising revenue by limiting the tax code. it's a major sticking point. holding up a deal. >> right now, i'd say we're nowhere. >> reporter: president obama is looking for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over ten years. speaker boehner is offering half of that. there's $600 billion. the speaker says that's not enough. although he hasn't outlined what he thinks sho
outside our studio tonight. sam, great to see you. and you were telling us in the news room this afternoon, this is all one massive system? >> reporter: one big system we've been talking about since the weekend, david. all that snow in the middle of the country, up to 17 inches in illinois. tornadoes, 25 confirmed from last night's episode. and then this. this, we started coastal areas with a little bit of snow, then we went to sleet. now we've got some rain with ice mixed in. if you're in coastal areas, road surfaces will stay wet. inland, you're going to get that mixture of ice and then inches and inches of snow. look at the snow graphic as we work this storm system. it was that one big storm that now will hand itself off to a kind of nor'easter shape. then it will move in. look at that icing that's involved. that is one of the scary parts of this system. plenty of areas that will get some icing and snow. the snowfall totals will be measured in inches. and very near a foot. and it's a very big deal. because, david, places like syracuse, and i know you just left yesterday, haven't had a f
call them some statement games. join us with all the action, jason page. very good morning. let's talk with the celtics, off to a very rough start this season. some people saying they're not in the mix for the championship anymore. they did get some revenge today, though. >> they did. they got embarrassed about a month ago at home. brooklyn came in, pushed them around. doc rivers was so upset, he challenged his team, he said we're just not tough enough. today, they were tough enough. this is a prideful group of veterans. this is a veteran group, older players, guys that have pacing themselves as they go through the season. they want to be fresh for the playoffs. today, you could see this one coming. the nets aren't playing well. boston coming in, trying to get some revenge. they did. another interesting thing here is brooklyn. avery johnson was coach of the month in november as the nets got off to a great start, challenging the knicks. now there's talk, people i'm talking to are saying avery johnson could be on the hotseat. the owner of the nets may make a move at the head coach spot i
. will that shield them from prosecution? >> probably. there is a technical violation. using a listening device and broadcasting that tape. maybe a fine. i don't think there will be serious prosecution here because it would be very tough to link the actual death to the prank. now you can link it as a moral matter. but as a legal matter, there needs to be a level of foreseeab foreseeablety. >> you have to look at it separately. look at the prank. the question comes, was the prank a legal violation? putting it entirely separate from the death? you can ask the question, was the prank a violation? the answer is, i'm sure they'll be able to find a technical one. same thing would happen here, by the way. if something like this happened here, everyone would look for licensing. >>> let's get the rest of the morning's headlines from josh. >> we begin with the fiery plane crash that appears to have taken the life of jen nirks rivera. invest garrets are trying to figure out why the plane vanished from radar moments after taking off. overnight, mexican television aired these grainy images, believed to be t
for joining us this morning. >> hi. >> you emphasized at the press conference friday you will be independent. but as you begin your effort, this national school shield, initiative, i wonder if you agree with the analysis of the problem laid out by wayne lapierre who says americans have to face this truth. take a look. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> do you personally believe, congressman, that gun-free school zones have been invitations to mayhem and that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? >> well, i think that when you look at school safety, you've got to put armed guards into the equation. i've made it clear that it should not be a mandatory law that every school has there. there should be local choice but absolutely, i believe that protecting our children with an armed guard who is trained is an important part of the equation. we have two-thirds of our schools or, excuse me, one-third of our schools
obama is set to make a major announcement this morning. abc's pierre thomas joins us now with the very latest on this story. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. in just a few hours, president obama takes the first steps to make good on his vow to respond to the massacre at newtown. he will announce that he is directing major federal agencies to come up with answers to address the scourge of gun violence. this morning, after days of silence, the nra, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, announced that it will hold a press conference on friday. and they say they're prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. are we in the precipice of a sea change? about how this nation deals with guns? >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? that's what it is. that's the first thing that should be gone. >> there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994. good lord. really? i mean, should there be that many? >> reporter: big-city mayors and one of the nation's biggest police unio
on fire. >> looks like willis' apartment. we'll be back with more. stay with us. >>> well, if you're up with us at this hour, you probably know how it feels to be sleep deprived. >> nearly all of us who didn't get enough, thought we were more awake than we were. abc's ron claiborne took part in that experiment. >> reporter: my eyes are open, but what you can't tell in this experiment is i am actually asleep. every day, 250,000 americans fall asleep while driving. like this woman who was videotaped seemingly nodding off at the wheel in denver. sleep-deprived drivers are blamed for thousands of crashes every year, but many times it's not that obvious. scientists say there is something called microsleep. where you can fall asleep for just a few seconds without realizing it, sometimes with your eyes open. hi, i'm ron claiborne. we traveled to liberty mutual research institute outside of boston where they study microsleep. >> a very brief transition from wakefulness new sleep. it can last up to 20, 30 seconds. you are waking. you are asleep. >> i would drive while sleep deprived. to mimic co
'm not the one who shot him. i wouldn't hurt him. >> then who did, deedee? tell us. >> reporter: moore's maintained all along she's innocent. but the 40-year-old is now charged with first-degree murder, facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison. prosecutors paint a picture of moore as a conniving manipulator. intent on taking shakespeare's cash. first, she tried to convince shakespeare's mother, elizabeth walker, that her son was still alive. just missing. orchestrating a phone call with someone claiming to be her son. >> he said, it's abraham. and i said, you don't sound like abraham. >> reporter: then, her ex-husband, james, testified he dug a hole with a backhoe and covered it up at his former wife's request. >> pay attention to what was in the hole? >> no, sir. >> before you filled it? >> no, sir. >> reporter: but the prosecution's star witness is greg smith, turned police informant. in secretly taped conversations, moore is heard spinning an elaborate web of lies. yesterday, smith describes the pains moore allegedly took to write a letter to shakespeare's mother, as if it was
, told us today they will not comment on pending lawsuits, but one of the show's producers did say this recently. >> i can honestly tell you that the stuff found in those containers are found in the storage containers. >> reporter: although he did admit they sometimes move items from one storage locker to another. this is not the first time the level of reality in reality tv has been questioned. recently, a former participant on hgtv's requests house hunters," which follows families choosing a new home, said producers knew she and her husband had already purchased their new home before they taped the show in 2006. >> finally the producer said let's do whatever. so we called our very closest and kindest friends who were that generous and they offered up their houses for us to tour as our pretend decision making houses. >> reporter: in a statement, hgtv said we aren't showing a documentary, we're simply entertaining our viewers. >> reality tv is a little bit like sausage. you might love the way it tastes but you don't necessarily want to know how it's made. >> reporter: clearly, most
of the country. ginger zee will tell us how it will affect your travel plans. >> nothing makes ginger happier than a big winter storm. we'll talk to her in just a moment. >>> speaking of travel. this is exactly what you do not want to hear after you've ponied up for a christmas cruise on "the queen mary 2." the captain warning passengers not to use the public bathrooms or eat at the buffet. we'll have that coming up. >>> and battling a stomach bug is not an ideal to lose weight. but shooting pounds is always at the top of the list for new year's resolutions. if that's your plan, we have a feline that can help. meet tiny tim. in one year, this cat lost 20% of his body weight. we'll tell you his secrets and how they can help trim down your body in 2013. that's still ahead. >> he's an inspiration to all of us. >>> we're going to start this morning with insult to injury. round two of back-to-back winter storms, right now, rolling through a huge swath of this country. the timing could not be worse for people trying to travel for the holidays, either get home or get somewhere else. abc's meteorolog
we begin. let's get the latest from two top senate leaders. joining us now, senator chuck schumer of new york, senator jon kyl of arizona. so, gentlemen, do we have a deal? >> well, there are certainly no breakthroughs yet between senator mcconnell and senator reid, but there's a real possibility of a deal. i've been a legislator for 37 years, and i've watched how these things work. on these big, big agreements they almost always happen at the last minute. neither side likes to give up its position. they eyeball each other till the very end. but then each side, realizing that the alternative is worse, comes to an agreement. so while an agreement is hardly a certainty, i certainly wouldn't rule it out at this last minute. >> give me your odds. i said 50/50. >> i think a little higher than that. >> senator kyl? >> i don't disagree with chuck, and i also would say the way you opened the program does not under or overstate the consequences. if we are not able to reach an agreement, it will be dire. and that's from everybody from the congressional budget office which is nonpartisan, as
° cooler than yesterday, low to mid 50s coast, mid 50s to low 60s for rest of us. >>> richmond in through albany and berkeley into the macarthur maze here's a live look, bunched up westbound 80 at the 580 merge otherwise things pick up past university into the macarthur maze. san mateo bridge getting busy westbound tail lights towards the highrise towards san mateo eastbound direction traffic flowing nicely just a little slow traffic from hayward towards foster city. slow out of antioch, typical, hillcrest to 242 in concord for this time of the morning. slow traffic out there al 0 grant line earlier spin-out cleared. roadwork still to be picked up in a few minutes eastbound dumbarton should be cleared momentarily. >>> new this morning, in a few hours the coast guard will be back out at mare island to search for the man who disappeared from a tugboat over the weekend. that's where we find amy hollyfield with more on the equipment crews plan on using itch >> reporter: the u.s. caught is going to be -- using a sonar video camera this morning to search the strait where they think they will fi
. and for perspective, 87 million of us will be navigating the roads for the holiday, while nearly 6 million of us will be trying to fly. but a lot of airports are struggling tonight, including busy o'hare in chicago and abc's alex perez is there. >> reporter: more than 1,000 flights across the country already canceled tonight. from texas -- >> now i can't get out until the morning. >> reporter: to des moines, iowa, where they got a foot of snow. >> we just found a rental car and decided we're going to try and make the drive through. >> reporter: in denver, those stranded just trying to get out. >> delayed, delayed and now i've been in here for like an hour. >> reporter: and at chicago's busy o'hare airport, hundreds of flights delayed tonight. >> very frustrating, anxious to get home and i hate being at the airport. >> reporter: as the wind, rain and snow sweeps east from chicago, new york, boston, washington, d.c. and philadelphia airports all expecting delays overnight and tomorrow. and united and american say they will waive fees for some travelers that want to change their plans, but that's l
is in the purple. and this, even though same colors used here, the wind gusts, look at how south, it goes to los angeles, great falls, montana. lot of places not only just talking about that but the snow. and the snow, the snow levels have come down, starting to see a little bit more of that freezing. sun valley, jackson hole and mount baker, all going to get in that foot area. that's some good news. after today, you get a break tomorrow and storm number four, if you can believe it or not, not that strong, but it's going to hit on tuesday. a look at the nation's weather in a couple of minutes now back to dan and bianna. >> storm number four. >> last thing they need. >>> lot of other news developing overnight. as always, we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. >>> u.s. forces in afghanistan have helped repel an attack on a joint u.s./afghan base. taliban suicide bombers assaulted the jalalabad early this morning. detonating two vehicles packed with explosives and striking a gun battle that lasted two hours. all of the attackers were killed. two civilians were also killed. four af
to such a random act of violence? george? >> thanks, neal. >>> and joining us now, sheriff craig roberts of the clackamas county sheriff's department. sheriff, thank you for joining us this morning. have you been able to identify the shooter overnight? >> we have been able to identify the shooter over this last night. >> what can you tell us about him? >> we're not able to release the name of the individual at this point in time. and for the reason being, that we don't want to jeopardize the investigation. >> what more can you tell us about his motive? >> right now, we're still in the preliminary part of our investigation. and so, there's much to learn. and so, at this point in time, to speculate on a motive is really premature at this time. >> but, do you have any idea if the gunman was going after specific victims? knew who he was going after? or if this was some kind of a random rampage? >> it really was a killing of total strangers, to my knowledge, at this point in time. and it was really, i think, trying to kill as many people as possible. >> and he would have killed far more had h
he was -- with you, dan -- >> as it turns out it's tricky to use. >> the gift that keeps on giving. >> perhaps we shouldn't be running that story. >>> also this morning keep a close eye on those gifts you do buy. unfortunately 'tis the season for christmas crimes, as well. we'll show you some bad guys caught on tape red handed stealing people's presents. that's coming up next. >>> we'll start with what is shaping up to be the big story on christmas and the days of a. severe weather, it could strand many of the 93 million americans who travel for the holidays. >> not one but two huge storms taking shape. meteorologist ginger zee is here with the details. good morning, ginger. >> good morning, guys. it is going to be an interesting week. active weather on the way that starts with this storm, christmas eve, light snow from eastern michigan into parts of new york even to boston so will you have a white christmas? i think i'll see a flake or two mixing in on the back side of it's not going to be that big of a storm. the big one has already started and brought a lot of rain bringing acci
, in fact, could be the last day on earth. at least for those of us two aren't in an underground bunker somewhere. what better way to end it by looking at some of our favorite end of the world movies. i'm going way back to the lesser known file, 1998, "deep impact." the premise is nothing spectacular here. there's a meteor on a collision course with earth, everybody is freaking out. when it does actually hit and do extraordinary damage, really great special effects in that. at least for that time. it was about people pondering their future and dreams with this incredible event about to impact earth. take a listen. >> we honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, with every child we comfort and then rejoice in what we have been re-given. our planet. our home. >> and in the background, you see the burned out white house. which is pretty dramatic. that's one of my favorites. and you have two that you like. >> i couldn't decide which was my favorite, so i picked two. first up "independence day" with will smith. 1996 it came out and aliens come and invade the earth and blow
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new book. he showed us his brain scan. >> it was no it leaving any part of my cortex unaffected. >> reporter: so your conclusion is because all of this outer area which is the higher functioning was covered with the infection, what you experienced in the coma wasn't part of the brain? >> right. >> reporter: many neuroscientists are kept couple arguing that his brain must have produced his visions somehow, most likely as he came out of coma. but something else happened. after he recovered, eben, who was adopted saw a picture of a sister from his biological family who died years ago, a woman he never knew. >> and i knew who my guardian angel was on the butterfly wing. it was the most profound experience i've ever had in this life. >> your sister by birth and from a family that you didn't know because you were adopted who died several years ago, who you had never met, you saw while you were in coma? >> yes. and that was the key. that explained everything. >> reporter: dinner time at the alexander home. they were not a particularly religious family before eben's coma. he was a skept
with their families. it's great to have amy, paula and rachel back with us this morning. >>> and, sam, with all this extreme weather, the country is getting walloped. >> we got a huge amount of snow to get to today. and also some strong, gusty winds. >> the winds last night were amazing. >>> we're also talking about a privacy breach for the first family of facebook. you see that picture right there, they didn't want that out everywhere. but guess what? it happened. >> not good. >>> and lucky in love again and again and again. it's the third time's a charm for janet jackson. the private superstar, now engaged to a billionaire. yeah. a "b." who is he? and why isn't she wearing the ring? we're going to have all the details ahead. and it is a very large ring, i might add. >>> but first, sam, again, this weather. coast-to-coast, it has stopped this country. >> this is the storm we've been talking about since the weekend. and then yesterday, it delivered all the snow. let me show you the pictures that we've been getting in. facebook and twitter. you have been sending in pictures like this. this is in
in the evening before the storm, the first one and ever since then it has been nonstop. >> he tells us that he will return to storm-ravaged long island on thursday, but says he will return to northern california when the next big storm hits. we are live in lark sture where it is -- larkspur where it is raining pretty heavy. abc news. >> thanks very much. >>> crews in the santa cruz mountains hope to have one lane open on vine hill road tomorrow. a section of the road collapsed after the recent storms. one reason it is critical to get this thing fixed is vine hill road is an escape route for the city of santa cruz in the case of an emergency evacuation. it would be needed desperately if that should happen. fixing the entire road, however, will take a month. and we are tracking this storm throughout the morning with live doppler 7hd and with our team of reporters throughout the bay area. live coverage begins at 4:30 a.m. with the abc7 morning news and live updates throughout the morning. stay here with us. we will keep you up-to-date. >>> meantime, breaking news in oakland where police say four
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